To ensure you’re on top of your game while also avoiding injuries, it’s crucial that you warm up before any tennis practice or match. Whether you’re a beginner to the sport or whether you’re looking to find new tennis warm-ups, we’ve got more information below to get you started.
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Physical Reasons for Tennis Warm-ups
Dynamic warm-ups enable blood to flow to muscles and soft tissues to prepare for activity. They literally increase your body temperature, which means your muscles can contract more efficiently and exert more force.
They prepare the cardiovascular system to provide more oxygen to cells and wake up the nervous system, which then can communicate more effectively with muscles.
Another important benefit of a dynamic warm-up is that it helps to engrain proper movement patterns, and it actively elongates muscles, which in turn improves joint range of motion.
In addition, if you’re looking to focus on a particular aspect of your performance, like serving, you might want to target specific areas of the body, in this case with something like a shoulder warm-up for tennis.
In all, excellent reasons to make dynamic tennis warm-ups a part of your routine!
8 Tennis Warm-Ups to Try Before Your Next Game
Finding the best tennis warm-up drill or stretch will depend on your personal preferences, but here are some dynamic warm-ups for adults for you to try out.
- Jogging & Arm Circles
- Side Steps & Arm Crosses
- Knee Hug Lunge
- Leg Cradle
- Lateral Lunge
- Trunk Rotations
- Side Shuffle
- High Knees
There are also plenty of resources on the Internet that can offer different perspectives to the tennis warm-up. For example, “Active” has a routine that takes your immediate environment (i.e., the tennis courts) in mind. “Tennis Fitness” outlines the big picture, thus giving you more freedom to pick and choose what works for you.
Cooling down after a tennis match or practice is important too! It will help prevent soreness and stiffness later. Some ways you can cool down include taking a light jog around the court and slowing to a walk at the end or performing trunk rotations without lifting your knees.
Switch Things up With a Tennis Retreat
Where else can you simultaneously vacation and work on your tennis game with sweeping views surrounding you? Courtwood Inn was designed with the owners’ love of tennis and the comfort of their guests in mind.
The result is a luxurious tennis retreat nestled in the Sierra Foothills. Throughout the inn, you’ll find tasteful, tennis-themed decor, including guest rooms modeled after the world’s major tennis competitions and antique rackets and trophies in common areas.
We offer excellent Tennis Getaways that can accommodate couples and groups.
With these Tennis Packages, you’ll enjoy reserved time on our hard courts, as well as the perfect balance between challenging practice and relaxing vacation. We ensure this by flexibly structuring the day so you have time to practice, play and experience all of the great things to do in and around Murphys.
Our gorgeous rooms feature private bathrooms, balconies or patios, comfortable king beds fitted with fine linens, and more. Relax with a glass of wine as you watch the sun go down over the pine trees in the valley, relish a soak in a luxurious spa tub, or unwind with a massage in our dedicated massage room.